Can You Get Eyelash Extensions If You Have No Eyelashes? [Explained]

If you have no eyelashes or your eyelashes are sparse or short, you may want to add a little length and volume. In this article, we will examine if you can get eyelash extensions if you have no eyelashes.

Can You Get Eyelash Extensions If You Have No Eyelashes

If you have no eyelashes, then you may not be able to get eyelash extensions. The lash extensions need healthy lash hairs of a reasonable length to be attached to.

What Are Eyelash Extensions?

Eyelash extensions are semi-permanent fibers that are attached to your natural lashes. This can make them appear longer, fuller, and darker. 

The lash extensions are attached individually to your natural lashes using a semi-permanent adhesive. 

As the extensions are attached to a single lash, you can comb through them, allowing each natural lash to grow on its own cycle, without pain or damage to the lash or your eyelid. 

Lash extensions can be made from different materials including synthetic materials or silk.

Most lash salons offer the option to customize your lashes by offering a variety of lengths, curl patterns, and tints.

Can You Get Eyelash Extensions If You Have No Eyelashes?

Can You Get Eyelash Extensions If You Have No Eyelashes

No, if you do not have any natural eyelashes then you will not be able to get an eyelash extension.

A minimum length of a natural lash is required to secure the extension.

 If you are undergoing any kind of medical treatment such as chemotherapy or steroid treatment which is contributing to your lack of lashes then a professional lash technician may be able to advise you on when you will be able to start wearing lash extensions.

Can You Use Magnetic Lashes If You Have No Eyelashes?

Yes, magnetic lashes can be worn even if you don’t have any natural lashes. As they are glue-free, they can be easily applied to the eyelid without needing lashes to attach to.

This technology uses magnetic eyeliner which has micro magnets that magnetize to the tiny magnets on the magnetic strip lashes. 

It holds the magnetic strip in place like glue would but avoids any sticky mess. 

Easy to remove, you just pull the lash away then follow this by using any standard oil-based makeup remover to gently wipe away the liner. 

Can You Wear Fake Lashes On Top Of Eyelash Extensions?

Can You Wear Fake Lashes On Top Of Eyelash Extensions

Yes, technically speaking this can be done. And it may be something you want to do if you have a big event, and you feel your lash extensions are looking a little tired or sparse.

However, wearing fake lashes on top of your eyelash extensions is not advisable as this can damage both your extensions and your natural lashes.

The glue used to stick on the false eyelashes can be difficult to remove.

 The force needed to remove the glue after you are done with your false eyelashes can pull out some of the eyelash extensions.

As the false eyelashes sit on top of your eyelash extensions, the weight of these can impact the curl pattern of your lash extensions, meaning you lose that sweep.

Can Straight Eyelashes Get Extensions?

Yes, they can. Eyelash extensions are customized to each client’s natural lashes so even if your lashes are poker-straight, a lash can be fashioned to suit you.

If you have naturally straight lashes, a lash technician would probably apply a more natural and gentle curl. 

This ensures that the flatter surface of your natural lashes securely bond to the matching extension. 

Who Should Not Get Eyelash Extensions?

Who Should Not Get Eyelash Extensions

There are some cases when lash extensions are not a good idea, or the treatment just won’t be possible:

Alopecia Sufferers

People who have the condition alopecia may be unable to have eyelash extensions. Alopecia can cause hair to fall out all over the body, including the eyelashes. 

Chemotherapy Patients

While undergoing chemotherapy treatment, hair loss can occur. Until the lashes grow back and regain strength, it won’t be possible to attach eyelash extensions.

Those With Lash Damage

Lashes may have been removed or cut very short using scissors or been pulled out from the pressure of using a manual eyelash curler.

 In these circumstances, attaching eyelashes may not be possible until the lashes grow back.

Damage can also occur if you have been on the receiving end of a poor-quality lash application previously. 

In this case, you will be advised to let your lashes re-grow and strengthen before returning for an eyelash extension procedure.


Trichotillomania is a disorder that is characterized by the urge to tug out body hair, including eyelashes. If a lot of eyelashes have been pulled out, it may not be possible to apply lash extensions.

Poor Lash Health

If you have lashes that are very short and thin, then they may not have the strength to support eyelash extensions.

If this is the case, then it is recommended to increase your intake of certain foods like avocado, sweet potato, nuts, and salmon. 

These foods contain nutrients such as Vitamin A, vitamin E, and fatty acids which promote hair growth.

Lash serums can also be beneficial when trying to improve lash health and strength. Short, brittle, thin lashes can appear softer, longer, and thicker within a month of using a good quality lash serum.

You have Allergies

If you are allergic to adhesives like cyanoacrylate (which is a standard adhesive in the lash industry), then you won’t be a candidate for eyelash extensions.

It is worth noting that some salons carry adhesives ranging in strength to accommodate allergies.

 It is a good idea to arrange a patch test before your eyelash extension procedure to make sure you don’t have an allergy to the adhesive being used.

You’re On Medication

If you are taking medication for a thyroid issue, you can have lash extensions. 

However, you might find that you experience more shedding than someone not on the medication.

 If you are determined to proceed in the face of this, the solution would be to arrange to have your lashes refilled weekly.

You have An Eye Infection

If you have stye, conjunctivitis, blepharitis, or any other eye infection, then you won’t be able to have eyelash extensions at that time. 

Once the infection has cleared, you’ll be free to come back and have lash extensions fitted.

Surgery Recovery

Being in recovery from any type of eye surgery or procedure means you won’t be a candidate for lash extensions.

 It is not safe for a lash technician to do so as it could potentially interfere with your recovery. 

When you have been released from the care of your doctor, it will be safe to proceed with your lash extension treatment.

If you find yourself in the position of having no natural eyelashes, then you won’t be able to have eyelash extensions attached during that time. 

However, with time and the right care you can grow strong healthy lashes fit for attaching beautiful lash extensions. 

Alternatively, you can use magnetic lashes to achieve a dramatic look, emphasizing those peepers.